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What is Heaven's Mercy Seat?

In Revelation Song, Jesus is portrayed as sitting on "Heaven's Mercy Seat" at God's right hand. I'm trying to get a handle on what that is. (At 1:07, we praise 'Him who sits on Heaven's Mercy Seat" ...
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What is Holy Water in Catholicism?

I noticed that Catholics dip their fingers in Holy Water kept mostly at the entrance to the Church and apply it on their forehead. What is Holy Water? Is there any specific liquid/water for it? ...
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Why is the Lord's Prayer different in the NIV and KJV?

Why in NIV, the book of Matthew 6:13 is different from some of the other translations? Matthew 6:13 NIV (the latest version, I think is 2010) And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from ...
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What is the historical Christian view on the rebuilding of David's Tabernacle?

I come from an Evangelical-Charismatic background, and for many years, I've heard much teaching and emphasis on the rebuilding of David's Tabernacle/Tent in the end times. The verses used are seen in ...
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When did the Orthodox and Catholic Churches distinguish the manner in which the Sign of the Cross was to be made?

From a comment on What is the role of “Sign of the cross” gesture in Catholicism?, it was noted that Catholics make the Sign of the Cross by starting at the top, going to the left and then right, ...
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What is the role of “Sign of the cross” gesture in Catholicism?

Catholics make this gesture during or after prayer, by using their right hand to touch the forehead, then the middle of the breast, then the left shoulder, and finally the right shoulder. Is this ...
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Which kind of relations are considered incestous in Christianity?

My question, in strict propriety, is specifically what kind of relationships are defined as incestuous in Christianity? I am guessing that it is forbidden to marry one's parents/children or siblings ...
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The differences between the NKJV and KJV Bible translations

I am planing to get one of these translations for my personal use. If these are too different from one another, I would like to get both. I love to compare (for my personal study) different versions ...
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From a non-Trinitarian perspective, how is love explained as an attribute of God?

The Scriptures seem to assert that love is an attribute of God--that it is part of His essence that has existed from all eternity, even before there were any other creatures. Anyone who does not ...
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Are there any examples of Jesus praying publicly?

As a follow up to this question: Is it ok to pray in public? There are many examples where Jesus prays privately and he will intentionally separate himself from his disciples, but are there examples ...
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How is the feet-washing ritual observed during Lent?

How is the feet-washing ritual observed during Lent? How many denominations actually do this, besides the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England? What is significance of maintaining this ...
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What exactly is sin? [duplicate]

I have compiled a list of definitions of "sin". an act of disobedience toward God the separation between God and man the wilful disobedience or imperfect obedience of the Torah* *Source: Saved by ...
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What is the role of the Pope? [closed]

Background: I am not a catholic and I was just curious as to what exactly the Pope's role is in the church in present day. I know Pope's in the past have sanctioned the crusades, and conquering and ...
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How do Christians in support of gay marriage interpret anti-gay Bible verses?

I don't want to spark a debate, but I'm curious how Christians in support of gay marriage interpret seemingly anti-gay Bible verses? See the following: Leviticus 20:13 If a man has sexual ...
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What does biblical inerrancy imply?

I was asking this question: If you don't believe in the inerrancy of scripture, on what basis can you interpret scripture? when I realized that my definition of inerrancy is probably different ...
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Do the Seven Jewish Feasts foreshadow Christ’s first and second advent?

Jewish Feasts Passover Unleavened Bread First Fruits Harvest (Pentecost) Trumpets Day of Atonement Tabernacles It has been brought to my attention that there are seven Jewish Feasts where the ...
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Is hypocrisy a sin?

People don't like hypocrites, and they get a pretty bad rap in the Bible (especially from Jesus), but is hypocrisy itself a sin? In reformed theology at least, every one is fallen and cannot avoid ...
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If you don't believe in the inerrancy of scripture, on what basis can you interpret scripture?

I know there are several Christian traditions that do not claim that scripture is inerrant (and therefore do not interpret everything in the Bible literally). If this is the case, then it seems like a ...
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Is song a critical component of worship or something that we've just borrowed from example?

As a follow-up to this previous question: What is the biblical basis for singing in church? Would worship be incomplete without song? Though their are examples of worship through song in the bible ...
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What is the basis for why certain musical beats are deemed by some to be unchristian or immoral?

I have encountered people in the past that have asserted that certain musical rhythms or beats are inherently immoral or sinful. It seems to follow, then, that even if the words of Scriptures ...
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How to answer: “If God is omnipotent, can he create an object he cannot move?” [duplicate]

Some people think that God cannot exist because he would be paradoxical, for example "If God is omnipotent, can he create an object he cannot move?" How should this question be answered? Thanks.
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What is the biblical basis for singing in church?

I know music is a form of worship that is expressed several times throughout the Bible, but how did singing gain such a pivotal role in church services? What biblical basis is there for congregational ...
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Can one be a practicing homosexual and also a Christian?

Many Christian groups condemn homosexuality as a sin, pointing to specific passages in the Bible and traditional Christian views on sexuality and marriage. How do these groups handle the question of ...
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What is so appealing about Christianity? [closed]

Early Christianity soon after Jesus’ death, in spite of the whole powerful world being against the first believers, kept spreading rapidly in that region. More so because up to the point of Jesus' ...
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Is God setting us up for failure?

In the age old tale of Adam and Eve God place Adam and Eve in the garden with all the trees and the one they can eat off of. But God is omnipotent and omniscient so wouldn't he have known before hand ...
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842 views

Thou shall not kill? [duplicate]

God says thou shall not kill as one of the Ten Commandments but he actually instructs his chosen people to kill numerous times throughout the Old Testament. Then there is tons of killing, persecution, ...
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How does OEC explain the existence of pre-fall death? [duplicate]

To make things clear for everyone, OEC=old earth creationist (i.e. God used evolution to make his creation over billions of years). Most people arguing against OEC pose the seemingly irrefutable ...
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Are there any Biblical passages that say that devil is able to make you doubt your faith?

Is the devil able to and make you doubt your faith? Are there specific Biblical passages relating to this topic? Sometimes I find myself doubting my faith when reading certain passages of the ...
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Where, exactly, were Christ's body and soul during the Descendit?

In the Confessional Presbyterian, Vol. 3, p. 104ff., Daniel Hyde wrote about several different views of the Descendit - the descent of Christ into Hell - in his article "In Defense of the Descendit: A ...
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Do any denominations have a positon on the doctrinal value of Job's friends?

The book of Job is a beautiful and inspirational book of scripture with some of the clearest teachings on God's power, the nature of life, the beauty and worth of the Earth, and other important ...
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Sola Scriptura to an extreme

I asked this question a while ago Sola Scriptura to the max and was told that everyone believed Sola Scriptura to the point of excluding everything else. Today I was told I was not properly ...
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Does a classic Trinitarian formulation consider God to be his own “Family”?

According to the classic Nicene Christianity rendering of the Trinity, was not Jesus' self identification as the "Son of God" an instance of Partialism in that he turned the Godhead into a ...
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What is the relationship between God the Father and the Holy Spirit? [duplicate]

Jesus clearly identifies His relationship with God the Father; he is the “only begotten Son of the Father”. What Biblical evidence do we have identifying the relationship between God the Father and ...
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According to Two Kingdom theology, could a man hold both secular and spiritual office?

The so called Two Kingdom view of the separate institutes of secular state vs the church identifies a fairly clear boundary between the authority of each: one demanding some compliance with a nominal ...
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Blue plate special as metaphor for the Trinity

I think this might be the first practical question on C.SE. Please don't close it because it sounds to speculative, I want to know what might be heretical about it according to Catholic doctrine. ...
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287 views

What Christian denominations (if any) permit gay marriage? [closed]

Which churches have decided to permit gay marriage at a denominational level?
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Why did Jesus have to leave for the Holy Spirit to come?

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. Why did ...
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Is reference to “God” as a rock unique to Judeo-Christian usage?

Throughout the Old Testament God is likened to a “Rock” and within the New Testament the Rock that Moses struck is identified as Christ. For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our ...
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The use of the term “scripture” in the Christian Bible [duplicate]

Something I've been curious about for some time. There is a verse stating that "scripture" is the inerrant word of the Christian god: "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, ...
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Where does the Bible say that it is authoritative? [closed]

What is the passage in the Bible that claims that scripture is true? and how do people get around the circular nature of that argument?
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Did Saint Patrick actually explain the Trinity using a shamrock?

The shamrock is a pretty bad analogy for the Trinity. In fact, it's somewhat of a heretical explanation if one puts much emphasis on it. It's partialism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQLfgaUoQCw ...
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238 views

What is the basis for the belief by some groups that a Christian can live a sinless life?

I understand that there are some Christian groups that believe that it is possible for a Christian to live a life entirely free from sin. What is the nature of this belief and what is the basis for ...
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Why is the term Immanuel/Emmanuel considered to be a title rather than a proper name?

In Isaiah 7:14, the prophet foretells that a virgin will give birth to a son and call him Immanuel, which means "God with us". Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin ...
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Can the demons perform miracles? [closed]

I've heard that people validate miracles that have occurred because someone prayed to a dead person. This way they consider them as if they came from God, but unfortunately, giving more importance to ...
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112 views

Does “faith” enable “love”?

Romans 4:16 says: Therefore [it is] of faith, that [it might be] by grace… In this verse it appears that “faith” enables “grace”. The case could be made that the initial breach with God was one of ...
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What is the biblical argument for eating meat, or that vegetarianism is possible but not commanded?

Vegetarianism seems to becoming more and more popular in various parts of the world today. Some even claim that Christians should be vegetarians to be in line with the command against killing. What, ...
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1answer
78 views

Will we not recognize our loved ones? [closed]

When Christ comes and our loved ones are raptured up, will we have no memory of them. I struggle with the idea that my child won't recognize or remember me or I her.
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If Jesus was Emmanuel why was he named Yeshua?

It was foretold that a virgin shall give birth and the new born will be named Emmanuel then why was Jesus named "Yeshua". Please explain...
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2answers
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Who were the 40 men who wrote the Bible?

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that the Bible is made up of "66 smaller books". God used about "40 faithful men" to write them. According to them, the first five books were written by Moses about 3,500 ...
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Magnitude of the earthquakes of the Book of Revelation

I live in Chile, which is a country where 2 of the biggest 5 earthquakes occurred since humans measure earthquakes. The biggest occurred in 1960 and it was 9.6 in Richter scale(the soil cracked and ...

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